Jennifer Harris – a native of Danville, KY – always dreamed of attending her favorite school, the University of Kentucky. As a deaf woman, Harris knew there may be obstacles in achieving her dream of attending UK but she stood ready to meet those head-on.
Harris credits the UK Disability Resource Center for the crucial role the Center's staff played in her success.
"They've done such a wonderful job meeting every need during my entire career here at UK – especially with providing my interpreters. They made sure I had skilled interpreters that met my needs and my preferences but that also were capable and competent to understand architecture in and of itself because that can be a difficult topic to interpret," said Harris.
"I kind of want to shout from the mountain tops that I've successfully graduated from a hearing university!" Harris exclaimed.
When asked what advice she would give other students who are facing obstacles, Harris said, "Just be yourself and believe in yourself no matter what people tell you. If someone tells you that you can't do something, completely ignore them. If you know what you want and you have the skills to accomplish it, go for it. You can do it."